Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Gillian A. Hobson, Esq
Vinson & Elkins LLP
1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
Re: VWAP Pricing in Issuer Cash Tender Offer by Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Dear Ms. Hobson:
We are responding to your letter dated May 16, 2014 addressed to Michele M. Anderson and Daniel F. Duchovny, as supplemented by telephone conversations with the staff, with regard to your request for no-action relief. To avoid having to recite or summarize the facts set forth in your letter, our response is attached to the enclosed copy of your letter. Unless otherwise noted, capitalized terms in this letter have the same meaning as in your letter.
On the basis of your representations and facts presented in your letter, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance will not recommend that the Securities and Exchange Commission take enforcement action under Rules 13e-4(d)(1), 13e-4(f)(1)(ii) and 14e-1(b) under the 1934 Act if the Company conducts the Offer by using the Pricing Mechanism as described in your letter. In issuing this no-action position, we considered the following facts, among others:
The foregoing no-action position is based solely on your representations and the facts presented in your letter dated May 16, 2014 as supplemented by telephone conversations with the staff. Any different facts or circumstances may require a different conclusion. This relief is strictly limited to the application of Rules 13e-4(d)(1), 13e-4(f)(1)(ii) and 14e-1(b) to the Company’s use of the Pricing Mechanism. This response expresses the Division’s position on enforcement action only and does not express any legal conclusion on the question presented. The Company should discontinue the Offer pending further consultations with the staff if any of the facts or representations set forth in your letter change.
We also direct your attention to the anti-fraud and anti-manipulation provisions of the federal securities laws, including Sections 9(a), 10(b) and 14(e) of the 1934 Act and Rules 10b-5, 13e-4(j) and 14e-3 thereunder. Responsibility for compliance with these and any other applicable provisions of the federal securities laws rests with the participants in the Offer. The Division of Corporation Finance expresses no view with respect to any other questions that the Offer may raise, including any questions relating to the adequacy of the disclosure regarding, and the applicability of any other federal or state laws to, the Pricing Mechanism or the Offer.
Michele M. Anderson
Office of Mergers and Acquisitions
Division of Corporation Finance
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